Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Project Quilting ~ Challenge 2

The second challenge for Project Quilting was announced last Sunday 
~ Carolina Lily.  
I really wasn't much of a fan but a challenge is a challenge!
 So I set myself doing a little google research. 
I didn't want to do a traditional block so I decided I would do a more modern version focusing on the blossom. 
I drew up a 6" paper pieced block on graph paper. 
I made 3 of the blossoms this size in a bright yellow orange (Kona paprika) with the bottom triangle being a bright green (Kona grass). To make the colors pop, I set them on a black background. 
While playing on my design wall with the layout I decided to make one more block that was 8" in size. So I enlarged the 6" block to 8" and using the same colors made one more block. 
After finalizing a layout, I began the puzzle of fitting in the remaining background pieces. 
This is what I came up with in the end.
The layout gave me plenty of negative space to practice some FMQ. I followed several tutorials from Lori over at The Inbox Jaunt. I used 3 different colors of threads, black, green, and bright yellow. 
You can see the quilting better from the back (besides the yellow Ü)
This little quilt finishes at 20" x 22"
Linking up to Project Quilting at Persimmon Dreams.
Created in Des Plaines, IL

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Rainbow Scrap Block for 2017

I have decided to make small spool blocks for my RSC this year. With January's color being purple, I pulled out my purple scrap bin and found 4 different purples. I arrange 6 of each to make the 'thread' for the spools. I used brown scraps for the spool top and bottom. 
These spool blocks will finish at 4" x 5". They don't use a lot of scraps so I may decide on another block...
Can I afford to start another project???
Head over to So Scrappy for other RSC projects. 
Also linking to SoScrap!

I did join the Milky Way QAL over at Blossom Heart Quilts. The first star block is called Sirius. This QAL will coincide with the RSC if I choose to do the monthly stars in the monthly color. Brilliant! Here it Sirius in purple!

I have been working on my 2017 goals as stated a few posts back. It helped that I had a full week off before school started. It was a nice jump start to accomplishing my goals. More to come....

Saturday, January 7, 2017

A New Challenge

I found a new challenge (new to me) by reading a couple of blogs this week. 
Apparently this is season 8 of the challenge...I'm glad I finally found it! 
It is hosted by Persimmon Dreams and the theme for the first challenge is: 
Eight is Great!
The challenge must be completed in 1 week. This challenge was announced on January 1st and therefore must be complete and posted by January 8th at noon. 
I think I'm just in the nick of time...not much room to spare. 
I wasn't sure if I would participate since I have so many projects going right now but I love a challenge so....
Gr8 is a pillow/cushion. It is 24" square. 
I pieced the G and R and paper pieced the 8 using a navy pin dot fabric from my stash and some Kona. The pillow form has been in my quilting room for quite some time. Feeling good about using things I have. 
I hope this year is a GR8 year! 

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Welcome 2017

Today I am setting a few goals for 2017. 
Many of the quilts I make are a challenge to me as a new technique or pattern. 
It is a rare bird for me to make a quilt over again. 
I can only think of 2 repeat quilts patterns since I started quilting in 1996.
At the end of 2016, I had a few UFOs that carry over to 2017. 
First is my mini blue houses. When I started these little guys, I didn't have a goal in mind...just letting the neighborhood grow at its own pace. At the end of 2016, the population stood at 38!
The houses are 4"
This is the last addition to the neighborhood in 2016. 
In 2017, I will continue to add to the neighborhood until I run out of blues. 
(Ha! That maybe never!)

The second UFO from 2016 is my Sail Away! quilt. This is all pieced and at the flimsy stage. 

My goal will be to sandwich and quilt this nautical quilt. 

Third in line is my Chicago Cubs quilt. I'm using the economy block for this quilt. 
So far I have 10 blocks made. 
My goal will be to start making the alternate block to compliment these blocks. 

My fourth project is this delectable mountain quilt. My goal for starting this quilt was to use some of the fabric that was donated to me and try a new technique. 
(The bright large print flowers that I paired with Kona black.)
When fabric is donated to me, I feel guilty not using it even if it isn't my colors/style. So I use it as an experiment to try a new technique and often donate the finished quilt. 
My goal will be to finish the blocks, decide on a border or not, and get it to the flimsy stage.

The 5th project that I am setting a goal for is to use this pretty scrap piece of flannel (donated) and learn to crochet a border around it 
for a sweet receiving blanket.

And finally I will once again join in the 2017 Rainbow Scrap Challenge over at So Scrappy. January's color is purple
I need to choose a block that I will do this year. 
I will also link my scrap quilt progress to Oh Scrap! over at 
Quilting is more fun than Housework.

This year I will also join and link up to One Monthly Goal over at 
Elm Street Quilts. 
For January, I have picked my fourth project ~ the delectable mountain quilt. 
Head on over to see other quilty goals!

Friday, December 23, 2016

Last minute Christmas

It has been a tradition in my family for many years to make a home-made ornament to give to each family. I usually make more than one to try out which one will be my ornament of the year.
Here is this year's ornament.
I used wooden spools and buttons from my mom's collection. I wrapped the spools with colored paper, then overlaid it with musical note washi tape. The little snowy green bottle brush trees were decorated with red beads, a festival word and a star made from 2 sequins that I glued together. 
The button is on the bottom of the spool.
I also made this paper ornament from a pentagon shape. When you fold over the sides a star forms.
I then stamped a sweet little Christmas tree in gold. These are nice gift toppers that can be used as a ornament as well. 
I was so inspired by my creative blogger friend, Annie from Freeze Frame, by her beautiful money gift wrapping that I just needed to add some pizazz to my daughter's money gift. 
I used what I had in my craft room and hand cut the star and swirl. The letters are alphabet stickers and the Christmas saying was left from a photo collage kit. At times like this I wish I had a die cutter. 
It is by far the prettiest money gift wrapping I have done! 
Thanks for the inspiration Annie!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Christmas 2016

While decorating the house for the Christmas holiday, I decided I needed another Christmas quilt. 
Adding another thing to an already busy time is nuts! 
But...I did it! 
I found a gift block pattern on Pinterest and started making packages from Christmas fabric scraps in my stash. Originally, I planned on just making a 4 x 4  lay-out but as I was playing around, this arrangement immersed. 
I'll try to find the link and edit this post later. 
The quilt is about 56" x 64". 
I straight lined quilted through the gifts to make like a Christmas tree. 
You can see better from the back, below. 
The background is FMQ in stippling. I love the texture that it gives to the quilt!
The backing and the background were larger pieces from my stash which I inherited as was the red and white stripe I used for the binding. 
I just love it when I use fabrics from my stash! 
My stash is quite extensive that I barely make a dent, or so it seems.
I also made a new garden banner from a Christmas panel inherited from my mom's stash.

Our annual Norwegian Christmas progressive dinner (we call it the Troll Stroll) was this past Sunday and the usual characters showed up for some festive activities and gift giving. 
Do you have some crazy traditions?

My wish for you is to have a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year spent with family and friends! 
I'm linking up at Let's be social.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Finally done!

I have a finish!  
This quilt has been made over the year which makes it seem like it has been around a long time! The Rainbow Scrap Challenge hosted by SoScrappy announces a color of the month. You can choose anything to make or follow along. This year Angela designed a column quilt which I did not do but looked amazing put together. Maybe next year....
I choose to make a blocked based on the Soul Searching block. I changed the bar sizes so each block was smaller than the original. This would allow me to use more blocks hence more colors.
There are 12 colors even though the challenge was for 10 colors. I added an extra medium blue and an extra light green to round out my quilt. The background for the blocks is low volume prints. 
The backing fabric is from my stash. I pieced it with a column of 3 lanterns using printed fabrics that read as black for lantern's background.  
I made a scrappy 'piano keys' border using this technique I found on pinterest. 
I quilted using an organic straight line in the lanterns in the thread color of the lantern. In the low volume areas and in the border, I FMQ loops down each bar.
I'm naming this quilt Lantern Festival because it reminds me of the Chinese lanterns that fly in the sky at a lantern festival. This quilt finishes at 57" x 66".
I'm linking up to SoScrappy!

I have a few more projects hanging around my sewing room that I hope to find time to work on during this already busy time of the year.  
What have you been working on?